STRIKE A POSE
J.T. Compher recalls being a toddler model and being on the cover of a catalog and getting a free tricycle in an article on NHL.com. The NCAA is now going to suspend him, I’m sure.
Once you get past that bit of fluff, there’s a lot of praise for his game…
“When you look at the package that J.T. has, it’s skill, it’s a competitive spirit,” NHL Network analyst Craig Button told NHL.com. “The biggest thing is, you watch a player that can skate and make plays, but he does it at high speed and at pace and tempo. He’s just a threatening player when he has the puck. And when he doesn’t have the puck, he wants the puck.”
“He’s a high-skilled guy that has a great work ethic,” an NHL scout from an Eastern Conference team told NHL.com. “He plays the game with a lot of passion. He takes a lot of pride in being a difference-maker, and I think that’s very big.”
Added another scout from an Eastern Conference team: “He’s very promising. He can finish. He’s competitive. He’s got size. He’s a prototypical pro prospect.”
Yes, please. Is it 2013 yet?
The best news of the article, however, has to be that his father remains cancer free after being diagnosed with prostate cancer just weeks before J.T. was set to move to Ann Arbor last year.
On to the weekly roundup…
TYLER MOTTE, J.T. COMPHER, EVAN ALLEN (U.S. NTDP U18 TEAM)
The NTDP Under-18 Team got blanked 5-0 by Wisconsin Friday night, then tied Notre Dame 1-1 the following evening before losing in the shootout. No points for Michigan’s trio of recruits. Chris Peters tweeted during the Wisconsin game, ‘Solid game for J.T. Compher, creating chances with speed, strength.”
BRYSON CIANFRONE (CEDAR RAPIDS – USHL
The RoughRiders split the weekend with a 5-2 win over Fargo followed up by a 5-1 loss to Youngstown. Cianfrone had no points, a -1 rating, and two SOG in the win. He had no points, a -1 rating, two SOG, and two penalty minutes in the loss to Youngstown.
ALEX KILE (GREEN BAY – USHL)
Green Bay was on the short end of the stick twice this past weekend, posting a 3-2 shootout loss against Dubuque then a 4-3 overtime loss to Chicago. Kile had no points and two SOG against Dubuque and also was denied in the shootout. Against Chicago Kile had no points, a -2 rating, and four SOG.
MAX SHUART (MUSKEGON – USHL)
The Lumberjacks swept the weekend to improve to 3-0-0 on the season. Shuart had no points and two SOG in Friday’s 3-1 win over Chicago. Saturday he netted his first goal of the season to help secure a 4-1 victory over Indiana.
ALEX TALCOTT (INDIANA – USHL)
Indiana defeated the U.S. NTDP U17 Team, 3-2, Friday night, then dropped a 4-1 decision to Muskegon on Saturday. Talcott had no points, no SOG, and a penalty against Team USA. He had a +1 rating and one SOG in Saturday’s loss.
MICHAEL DOWNING (DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS – USHL)
Downing had no points, a -1 rating, and a fighting major in a 3-2 shootout win over Green Bay on Friday. The following night he had no points, a +1 rating, and three shots on goal to help the Fighting Saints shut out Fargo, 2-0.
SPENCER HYMAN (HAMILTON – OJHL)
Hamilton got rocked in all three games this past weekend, losing 7-2 to Toronto Lakeshore on Saturday, 9-4 to Milton on Sunday, and 3-0 to Toronto Lakeshore again on Monday. They gave up over 40 shots a game. Not good. Hyman had no points in all three games and took a minor penalty in both Toronto games. The Red Wings are dead last in their division, have the fewest points in the entire league, and are the first team to 10 losses. Going to be a long season in Hamilton.
DYLAN LARKIN (U.S. NTDP U17 TEAM)
Another game, another goal for Larkin. The Under-17 Team dropped a 3-2 decision to Indiana, but Larkin picked up his fourth goal of the season. He has four goals, one assist, and a +3 rating in three games. It’s early, but he leads Team USA in goals and points.
DEXTER DANCS (PENTICTON – BCHL)
The Vees continued to roll with another weekend sweep. Dancs had no points and a fighting major in Friday’s 4-2 win over Vernon, and no points in Saturday’s 7-2 win over the Trail Smoke Eaters.
KYLE CONNOR (YOUNGSTOWN – USHL)
Big road sweep for Youngstown this past weekend to improve to 4-0-0. They outgunned Waterloo, 9-6, Friday night. Connor had no points, a -1 rating, and one SOG. Saturday the Phantoms downed Cedar Rapids, 5-1. Connor had an assist, +1 rating, and three SOG.